Thirty-five years after the original 1982 classic was made, director Denis Villeneuve has embarked on a journey, which reveals the dark furtive which could edge out the entire human race. During the promotion, Villeneuve has repeatedly stressed on the influence of Ridley Scott’s cyberpunk movement in his futuristic “Blade Runner,” which is also perceivable in his neo-noir world. However, despite the promising traits, impressive reviews and the notable star cast, “Blade Runner 2049” the spectacular sequel of the famous sci-fi, failed to overwhelm the audiences with a collection of merely $31.5 million till Sunday as per the studio estimates.

‘Blade Runner’ sequel plot

According to USA Today, the $150 million budget lavishly crafted “Blade Runner 2049”revolves around the latest assignment of officer K, aka Ryan Gosling to confront the older model of the technologically advanced bioengineered being, a replicant (Dave Bautista). The assignment is entrusted to officer K, thirty years after the forced shut down of the four illegal replicants by Rick Decard (played by Harrison Ford). Meanwhile, the upgraded versions of brethren take up the roles of slave labor in the society.

In due course of his assignment, K unearths a dangerous secret which could lead to a detrimental tussle between the humans and the replicants. Thus, K and his boss, (Robin Wright) takes up the task of safeguarding the world from the evil intentions of the industrialist and replicant manufacturer, Niander Wallace (played by Jared Leto)and his right-hand ruthless replicant, Luv (played by Sylvia Hoeks).

The epic failure

Conceptually, the “Blade Runner” sequel seemed to be an iconic creation of the year. Unfortunately, it fared poorly for the starting weekend, which came as a huge shock to the domestic distributor of the Warner Bros., Jeff Goldstein. "We had bigger expectations for the weekend. The tracking and the advance sales indicated that there would be a stronger number," he revealed.

The opening week data of the Ridley Scott (the director of the original film) produced “Blade Runner 2049” revealed that it was nostalgia, which pulled a large section of the audiences rather than the stars like Ryan Gosling or Harrison Ford.

According to BBC, more than half the male and female audiences, who went to the theatre were above 25 which is a clear indication that they were the fans of the 1982 classic.

It is thus highly shocking, why the “Blade Runner” sequel, which apparently claims to be the “better box office than the original” and the “perfect heir to the original film”, failed to attract the young audiences and sci-fi fans in the opening weekend. However, a significant increase in the figures is expected by Tuesday due to the impressive reviews from the moviegoers.